There was abundant Peltigera britannica (Freckle Pelt) along the trail beside various mosses. This batch looked like painted fingernails!
Lots of Lobaria pulmonaria (Lungwort) had fallen from upper branches onto the ground. Lungwort has nitrogen, which fertilizes the soil in the forest.
This fallen branch has Sphaerophorus globosus (Common Christmas-tree aka Globe Ball Lichen) and Porella navicularis (Tree-ruffle Liverwort).
This fallen branch has Sphaerophorus globosus (Common Christmas-tree aka Globe Ball Lichen) and Porella navicularis (Tree-ruffle Liverwort). The second photo is a closeup of the Globe Ball Lichen.
These two bright yellow 3" gilled mushrooms were side-by-side on the edge of the shady trail in a mixed conifer (mostly Douglas-fir and Western Redcedar) forest with lots of Bigleaf Maples. They had fluted gills, and were kind of ragged and fragile, so I didn't bring them home for a spore print. Perhaps Floccularia, according to a guess on mushroomobserver.org?
These small shelf fungi, Trichaptum abietinum (Purplepore Bracket), have a violet tinge and are toothed on the underside.
There was lot of Tremella mesenterica (Witch’s Butter) growing on fallen logs on this chilly autumn morning, a day after a rain storm. These 1" to 2" blobs really look like little brains.
This Trametes hirsuta was growing on a recently cut stump. I placed a piece of the underside on the right, and you can see it's white, but covered in sand. I wonder if this is actually Trametes versicolor?
I only found this one group of Nidula candida (Bird's Nest Fungus), all growing on wood chips beside the shady trail. Each "nest" was
In one section of the trail, where there was a huge rockslide, there were dozens of these Lycoperdon perlatum (a puffball). You could tap one and watch the dark spores puff out.
Three Helvella elastica (Flexible Lorchel, Flexible Helvella or Elastic Saddle) were growing beside the shady trail in a mixed-conifer and Bigleaf Maple forest. They were 2" to 4" tall, and very strange looking!
These Clitocybe connata mushrooms grew in groups, measuring about 1" to 2.5" diameter. They grew under the mixed-conifer/Bigleaf Maple forest in the shade, on the ground, and have white spores.
I found four Clavulina coralloides (White Coral Fungus) in just one section of the trail. Here is one example of two I photographed. It was about 3" across and tall.
I found four Clavulina coralloides (White Coral Fungus) in just one section of the trail. Here is one example of two I photographed. It was about 4" across and tall.
I noticed this bright orange Calocera cornea (Club-like tuning fork) on a fallen log, and realized it was different from the common Witch's Butter.
We saw two herds of Roosevelt elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) close by the lower section of the Dosewallips River. One herd had 50 elk, with three males with enormous antlers and several juveniles.
This was the only Sooty Grouse we saw. It was walking along a fallen log.
This bracket fungus was growing abundantly on a fallen tree by the shady trail by the Dosewallips River. The fallen tree may be a RedAlder. Each piece was an inch wide or less, and the photo shows the underside of the fungus. The top side was similarly golden brown.
A log was covered in 2" Turkey Tail fungus (Trametes versicolor) beside the shady trail in the forest.
I was excited to find a new moss-- Polytrichum juniperinum or Juniper Haircap Moss-- growing beside the trail today. It was abundant in just one area.
This patch of healthy Pilophorus acicularis or Devil’s Matchstick was growing on a rock by the shady trail. One of my favorite lichens!
The Peltigera britannica or Freckle Pelt was abundant and bright green along the trail today.
I've only found Lycopodium clavatum or Running Clubmoss twice before. This was only growing in one thick patch beside the trail.
This Lobaria pulmonaria or Tree Lungwort was in the trail the day after a rainstorm, fallen from a tree.
This lovely, lacy, pale green lichen is Lobaria oregana or Lettuce Lung, aka Lettuce Lichen, which seems to have fallen from a tree during the rainstorm yesterday, as I found it on the trail.
I believe this is Leucolepis acanthoneuron or Menzies’ Tree Moss, as my Pojar-MacKinnon field guide says this tree moss has abundant sporophytes.
This lichen was growing on a fallen log by the trail in the mixed conifer forest near the Dosewallips River. It was about 3" high. I wonder if it's Cladina Portentosa (Coastal Reindeer)?
Here are some branches of a Taxus brevifolia or Western Yew. Thanks to Fred Weinmann of the Native Plant Society for pointing it out to me. It was growing by/the Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness.
Growing on this tree were half a dozen 1' wide clumps of Sparassis crispa or Cauliflower Mushroom. They were too high up to touch or smell. They were noticed on Tunnel Creek Trail in the Buckhorn Wilderness near the river with temps in the 20s.
Thanks to Sharon Schlentner of the Native Plant Society for pointing out Rhytidiopsis robusta or well-named Pipecleaner Moss, similar to Electrified Catstail Moss, but growing at a higher subalpine altitude.